Polanco, Twins rally for 6-5 win vs. Mariners

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) This barrage of home runs has helped propel the Minnesota Twins to the best record in baseball.

There's plenty of speed to supplement the power, too, as Jorge Polanco proved again.

Polanco scored the tying run on a wild pitch and Marwin Gonzalez hit the go-ahead RBI single during a three-run rally in the eighth inning , giving the surging Twins a 6-5 victory over the slumping Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

''We never quit. We can score many runs in one inning,'' Gonzalez said, ''and every time that's why we don't give up.''

Polanco, who took over the league lead in batting average at .341, reached base all four times he batted. He tried for a hustle double on each of his three hits, beating the tag at second base twice. That included the eighth against reliever Brandon Brennan (2-5), when Polanco followed Max Kepler's leadoff double with his own on a head-first slide to cut the lead to 5-4.

''All of their teammates on the bench appreciate it when they see something like that, but it's those guys wanting it,'' said manager Rocco Baldelli, whose team leads the AL with 144 doubles. ''You have to run hard out of the box, and we have several guys that do that. They think double every time they hit a ball in the gap.''

After advancing on a long fly out by Eddie Rosario, Polanco raced home on a stray slider by Austin Adams that skipped in the dirt past catcher Tom Murphy. Gonzalez then put the Twins in front with his sharp single, clapping his hands as he pointed to an exuberant home dugout during the sprint to first.

The Mariners started the ninth with two singles against Trevor May, but the hard-throwing right-hander notched his first save of the season by striking out Edwin Encarnacion looking and then retiring the next two batters. Matt Magill (2-0) pitched a perfect eighth for the Twins, who have won 19 of their last 25 games.

As May warmed up in the bullpen, he said, a feeling the rally would come was palpable.

''That's the team you want to be on, the team where everybody can't wait to be the guy to do it that night,'' May said, adding: ''It's ridiculous. It truly is the most fun team I've ever been on.''

The called third strike on Encarnacion by home plate umpire Mike Estabrook was down and away, which the AL home run leader believed was low and outside.

''You want to get your work done, but we're human,'' Encarnacion said. ''I know it was a ball, but there's nothing you can do.''

Encarnacion gave the Mariners a third-inning lead with a three-run home run off starter Martin Perez, after reaching the 400-homer mark for his career in the previous game. A two-out infield single by Mallex Smith started the rally, putting starter Mike Leake in position for a third straight victory after logging 16 innings with just three runs allowed over his previous two turns.

With the team playing at home for the first time in two weeks, the Twins rolled out new red ''Bomba Squad'' T-shirts to tout their newfound power with a fan giveaway and played a siren sound effect over the ballpark speakers after each homer.

The Twins, who entered the evening with the second-most homers in the major leagues, muscled their way back in the fourth inning. Jonathan Schoop hit a two-run home run, and Jason Castro followed with the tying solo shot. That gave the Twins their seventh set of back-to-back homers this year , matching the Mariners for the most in baseball.

''Their lineup top to bottom is tough to get through,'' Mariners manager Scott Servais said. ''I thought Mike Leake did a great job.''

Daniel Vogelbach's RBI single against Perez, who has logged only 17 1/3 innings over his last four starts, put the Mariners back in front. Then Kyle Seager made it 5-3 with an RBI single in the seventh against Ryne Harper.

DOUBLE E

Encarnacion hit his 21st home run of the season and the 16th of his career at Target Field, the second-most by a visiting player in the 10-year history of the facility. Salvador Perez has hit 17 homers here for the Kansas City Royals.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: 2B Dee Gordon (bruised right wrist) returned to the lineup after a 19-game absence, bringing the number of players on the injured list down to 10. Servais said SS J.P. Crawford (sprained left ankle) will likely be the next reinstatement when the team starts a series in Oakland on Friday, provided he finishes a rehab assignment with Class A Modesto this week unscathed. Crawford has missed the last 13 games.

Twins: LHP Taylor Rogers, who has taken some of the turns in the ninth behind primary closer Blake Parker, was unavailable because of minor back tightness.

UP NEXT

Mariners: LHP Tommy Milone (1-1, 3.10 ERA) will be the primary pitcher on Wednesday night, with a to-be-determined reliever serving as the opener. Servais announced that LHP Yusei Kikuchi will start on Thursday afternoon.

Twins: RHP Jose Berrios (8-2, 3.14 ERA) will take the mound for the middle game of the series. He has completed at least six innings in 11 of 13 turns this season.

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  • W: M. Magill (2-0)L: B. Brennan (2-5)S: T. May (1)
  • HR: SEA - E. Encarnacion (21), MIN - J. Castro (8), J. Schoop (12)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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E. Encarnacion 1B31131213.246.360.542.9039.5
D. Vogelbach DH40110123.247.380.536.9162.0
K. Seager 3B50210014.242.342.455.7972.5
T. Murphy C40000015.289.314.590.904-0.5
M. Williamson LF40000021.127.205.225.430-1.0
D. Gordon 2B40100000.280.309.366.6741.0
D. Moore SS40000022.202.311.315.625-1.0
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    M. Kepler RF41100011.263.340.536.8762.5
    J. Polanco SS31310000.341.401.582.9848.0
    N. Cruz DH31000103.273.357.553.9102.0
    E. Rosario LF41100013.272.306.544.8502.5
    M. Sano 3B40000012.232.316.580.896-0.5
    M. Gonzalez 1B40110031.252.325.403.7270.5
    J. Schoop 2B41121001.246.300.483.7837.0
    J. Castro C31111000.274.367.589.9566.0
    B. Buxton CF30100010.271.322.528.8500.5
    M. Perez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      BATTING
      • HR - E. Encarnacion (21)
      • RBI - E. Encarnacion 3 (49), D. Vogelbach (38), K. Seager (7)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Encarnacion 3 (24), K. Seager (4)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Vogelbach, K. Seager 2 (2), T. Murphy 4 (4), D. Moore 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Kepler (16), J. Polanco 2 (20), E. Rosario (9)
      • HR - J. Schoop (12), J. Castro (8)
      • RBI - J. Polanco (35), M. Gonzalez (22), J. Schoop 2 (33), J. Castro (18)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Gonzalez (12), J. Schoop 2 (12), J. Castro (4)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Cruz 2 (2), E. Rosario, J. Schoop
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Smith (17)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - M. Williamson (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Leake7.06330624.261.2418.0
      B. Brennan (L, 2-5)0.02331004.501.29-11.0
      A. Adams (BS, 1)1.01000104.401.192.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Leake7.0
      B. Brennan (L, 2-5)0.0
      A. Adams (BS, 1)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Perez5.06443713.971.455.5
      T. Duffey1.00000102.411.183.5
      R. Harper1.02111002.031.01-1.0
      M. Magill (W, 2-0)1.00000106.191.6910.5
      T. May (S, 1)1.02000103.131.358.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Perez5.0
      T. Duffey1.0
      R. Harper1.0
      M. Magill (W, 2-0)1.0
      T. May (S, 1)1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - A. Adams (3)
      • HBP - M. Leake (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Leake 91-63, B. Brennan 12-5, A. Adams 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Leake 7-7, A. Adams 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Leake 27, B. Brennan 3, A. Adams 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Perez 95-59, T. Duffey 15-9, R. Harper 32-21, M. Magill 12-9, T. May 23-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Perez 3-5, T. Duffey 2-0, M. Magill 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Perez 24, T. Duffey 3, R. Harper 6, M. Magill 3, T. May 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      M. Smith CF42200100.216.291.319.6107.0
      D. Santana RF52300011.279.345.487.8324.5
      E. Encarnacion 1B31131213.246.360.542.9039.5
      D. Vogelbach DH40110123.247.380.536.9162.0
      K. Seager 3B50210014.242.342.455.7972.5
      T. Murphy C40000015.289.314.590.904-0.5
      M. Williamson LF40000021.127.205.225.430-1.0
      D. Gordon 2B40100000.280.309.366.6741.0
      D. Moore SS40000022.202.311.315.625-1.0
      M. Leake P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      B. Brennan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Kepler RF41100011.263.340.536.8762.5
        J. Polanco SS31310000.341.401.582.9848.0
        N. Cruz DH31000103.273.357.553.9102.0
        E. Rosario LF41100013.272.306.544.8502.5
        M. Sano 3B40000012.232.316.580.896-0.5
        M. Gonzalez 1B40110031.252.325.403.7270.5
        J. Schoop 2B41121001.246.300.483.7837.0
        J. Castro C31111000.274.367.589.9566.0
        B. Buxton CF30100010.271.322.528.8500.5
        M. Perez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        T. Duffey P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        R. Harper P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        M. Magill P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        T. May P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • HR - E. Encarnacion (21)
          • RBI - E. Encarnacion 3 (49), D. Vogelbach (38), K. Seager (7)
          • 2-Out RBI - E. Encarnacion 3 (24), K. Seager (4)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Vogelbach, K. Seager 2 (2), T. Murphy 4 (4), D. Moore 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Kepler (16), J. Polanco 2 (20), E. Rosario (9)
          • HR - J. Schoop (12), J. Castro (8)
          • RBI - J. Polanco (35), M. Gonzalez (22), J. Schoop 2 (33), J. Castro (18)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Gonzalez (12), J. Schoop 2 (12), J. Castro (4)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Cruz 2 (2), E. Rosario, J. Schoop
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Smith (17)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - M. Williamson (3)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Leake7.06330624.261.2418.0
          B. Brennan (L, 2-5)0.02331004.501.29-11.0
          A. Adams (BS, 1)1.01000104.401.192.5
          Total8.0966172---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Leake7.0
          B. Brennan (L, 2-5)0.0
          A. Adams (BS, 1)1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Perez5.06443713.971.455.5
          T. Duffey1.00000102.411.183.5
          R. Harper1.02111002.031.01-1.0
          M. Magill (W, 2-0)1.00000106.191.6910.5
          T. May (S, 1)1.02000103.131.358.5
          Total9.010554101---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Perez5.0
          T. Duffey1.0
          R. Harper1.0
          M. Magill (W, 2-0)1.0
          T. May (S, 1)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - A. Adams (3)
          • HBP - M. Leake (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Leake 91-63, B. Brennan 12-5, A. Adams 15-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Leake 7-7, A. Adams 1-1
          • Batters Faced - M. Leake 27, B. Brennan 3, A. Adams 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Perez 95-59, T. Duffey 15-9, R. Harper 32-21, M. Magill 12-9, T. May 23-14
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Perez 3-5, T. Duffey 2-0, M. Magill 1-1
          • Batters Faced - M. Perez 24, T. Duffey 3, R. Harper 6, M. Magill 3, T. May 5
          • 8TH INNING
            Gonzalez singled to right, Cruz scored56
            Polanco scored, Cruz to second on wild pitch55
            Polanco doubled to deep right, Kepler scored54
          • 7TH INNING
            Seager singled to left center, Santana scored, Vogelbach to second53
          • 5TH INNING
            Vogelbach singled to shallow left, Smith scored, Encarnacion to second43
          • 4TH INNING
            Castro homered to right center33
            Schoop homered to left center, Rosario scored32
          • 3RD INNING
            Encarnacion homered to left center, Smith and Santana scored30
          • 9TH INNING
            • Trevor May relieved Matt Magill
            • M. Smith: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smith singled to left
            • D. Santana: Santana singled to left, Smith to second
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Encarnacion struck out looking
            • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Vogelbach popped out to second
            • K. Seager: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Seager flied out to left
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Matt Magill relieved Ryne Harper
            • M. Williamson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Williamson struck out swinging
            • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Foul, Gordon flied out to left
            • D. Moore: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Moore grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Brandon Brennan relieved Mike Leake
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Kepler doubled to deep right
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Polanco doubled to deep right, Kepler scored
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cruz walked
            • Austin Adams relieved Brandon Brennan
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Rosario flied out to left, Polanco to third
            • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Polanco scored, Cruz to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez singled to right, Cruz scored
            • J. Schoop: Foul, Strike looking, Schoop reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Gonzalez out at second
            • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Ryne Harper relieved Tyler Duffey
            • M. Smith: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Smith flied out to right
            • D. Santana: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Santana singled to left center
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Encarnacion flied out to left
            • D. Vogelbach: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Vogelbach walked, Santana to second
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Seager singled to left center, Santana scored, Vogelbach to second
            • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Murphy lined out to left
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Leake Pitching:
            • J. Schoop: Schoop lined out to left
            • J. Castro: Castro lined out to right
            • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Buxton struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Tyler Duffey relieved Martin Perez
            • M. Williamson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Williamson grounded out to first
            • D. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Moore: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Moore struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Leake Pitching:
            • E. Rosario: Rosario grounded out to second
            • M. Sano: Strike looking, Sano flied out to deep left
            • M. Gonzalez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Perez Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Smith walked
            • D. Santana: Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith stole second
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion walked
            • D. Vogelbach: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Vogelbach singled to shallow left, Smith scored, Encarnacion to second
            • K. Seager: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
            • T. Murphy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Murphy lined out to right
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Leake Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco singled to left center, Polanco out at second
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Foul, Foul, Cruz grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Perez Pitching:
            • K. Seager: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Seager singled to center
            • T. Murphy: Murphy flied out to deep center
            • M. Williamson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Williamson struck out swinging
            • D. Gordon: Gordon singled to left center, Seager to second
            • D. Moore: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moore struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Leake Pitching:
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario doubled to deep right center
            • M. Sano: Sano popped out to second
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez struck out looking
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Schoop homered to left center, Rosario scored
            • J. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Castro homered to right center
            • B. Buxton: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Buxton popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Perez Pitching:
            • D. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Gordon grounded out to third
            • D. Moore: Strike looking, Ball, Moore grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Smith reached on an infield single to second
            • D. Santana: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Santana singled to right, Smith to second
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion homered to left center, Smith and Santana scored
            • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Vogelbach struck out looking
            • Middle of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Leake Pitching:
            • J. Castro: Foul, Castro grounded out to shortstop
            • B. Buxton: Buxton singled to left
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler reached on fielder's choice to second, Buxton out at second
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Polanco hit by pitch, Kepler to second
            • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Cruz reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Polanco out at second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Perez Pitching:
            • K. Seager: Ball, Foul, Foul, Seager popped out to third
            • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
            • M. Williamson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Williamson flied out to right
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Leake Pitching:
            • M. Sano: Ball, Sano flied out to deep center
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Schoop grounded out to first
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Perez Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Ball, Smith grounded out to first
            • D. Santana: Ball, Ball, Santana flied out to deep right
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion walked
            • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Vogelbach struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Leake Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Kepler grounded out to second
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Polanco doubled to center
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Foul, Ball, Cruz popped out to second
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Rosario struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)